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Piedmont's new club for all things string
How to Make your own embroidery hoop
Little Book of Embroidery Stitches
Video: Step By Step Embroidery shows you how to use the hoop, thread the needle and begin.
Basic Embroidery Stitches
PROJECT 2 : Stick and Stone Wraps
Inspiration: Book Binding
Choose a Design or create your own
Ideas to copy
Choose your colors
Wrap your item. Tie or glue it. Add beads or embellishments as desired. Use special knotting if desired (like friendship bracelets)
Project 3: YOUR CHOICE
Continue embroidery or needlepoint project as in project 1 or wrapping as in project 2.
or make a new project:
Make aGods Eye (see image)
Make String Art (see below)
or any other string or thread project you want to try: Macrame, knitting, etc. I will show you a different one each week to give you ideas.
Hammer and Nail String Art
Thread, string, or yarn, and either:
wood and nails, Pins and styrofoam, tacks and card or foam board. or needle and card or carton (like cereal box covered in constructon paper or wrapping paper) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/423760646163293000
Follow directions for the project you chose. Ms. Gurthie is learning along with you but is happy to help and troubleshoot and advise and admire!
Your video must have the requirement set out by your teacher. For Mr. Egnot and Ms. Thornburg, the video must include historical footage (you can use YouTube to find clips) plus your own footage plus voice overs where you describe the importance of the footage you've chosen)These specific instructions and hacks are from the 7th grade assignment but might help others:
To make your Individuals and Societies documentary, you must have:
WeVideo is a free app on your Chromebook. Today we'll learn how to use it to make a short videoIf you need more information, click tutorials and developer support for WeVideo
Login to Chromebook with your school Google Account
Open the WeVideo app icon or go to the WeVideo url
Sign up or Log In using your Google account (that's the same account you use to log into your Chromebook at school.
Do the tutorial that immediately loads.
Begin filming and editing. For help, use the tutorials at WeVideo Academy, for example this one shows
How To Record Video with Your Webcam
Give yourself time for something to go wrong. Tech is glitchy but persevere and you will be proud of your result.
if you need your video longer than 5 minutes, you'll have to make 2 videos separately: Part 1 and Part 2.
How to Create an IB POrtfolio and Move Files into the Subfolders.
Thank you to Mr. Ciambrone for making this slideshow.
How to Take Photos and Upload to Google Drive from Your Chromebook
You even take photos of your 3D work, posters, papers, or IB rubrics that you wish to upload to your IB Portfolio. All you do is take a photo with your chromebook, click "save to disk" and that opens up Google Drive. From there you can add it to the correct subfolder of your IB Portfolio. Ms Lyttle's 2nd block demonstrates how to take and add photos to your IB Portfolio from a chromebook below:
Compass Learning automatically provides you with training to level up your skills.
From your Chromebook or from home, here is how to log in in 3 easy steps and begin working at your own pace on activities and assignments selected for you according to your strengths and weaknesses on your last MAP test:
See your teacher or Ms. Gurthie if you need assistance.
once you're in, just choose the area you want to work on and then choose the lesson to begin
Complete this form every club day:
The iMovie and Roving reporters clubs at Piedmont are your chance to create videos about things happening at school of interest to your classmates.
Ingredients to a good movie:
To film and/or edit you can use:
Video can be shared among devices by uploading it to Google Drive. Shorter clips are easier to upload.
You will keep a portfolio of your BEST IB work while at Piedmont. This portfolio will be in your Google Drive and will prove that you are achieving progress in the IB criteria for each of the 8 areas the IB assesses.
To make your IB Portfolio, follow along with the video below (pause as needed) or read on to see the steps in writing:
Students aren't the only ones who keep portfolios of their work. The images below are from professional architect portfolios.
Sure you're still in middle school, but there's no reason you can't start making a positive digital footprint right now. We will start with your IB portfolio: a digital folder of your best work that you are proud to show off. Work that shows your growth in all the areas of IB.
Creating Your IB Portfolio: Step By Step:
Related Posts and Instructions:
How to Add IB Work Samples to Google Drive
Upload instructions from iPhone and iPad:
Sometimes students think they are too young to make a difference. But you're never too young to help others.
The IB Community Project is your chance to find something in your heart that matters and work toward making a positive impact.
1.Create a folder in your Google Drive and call it “IB Community Project”. (You will keep this folder through 8th grade)
2.In that folder, create a Google Doc. Title it “Community Project Ideas”.
3.On your document, list any community and service activities that you have already completed.
4.Now, pick one (or more) of the activities you listed and explain:
•WHO you impacted…
•WHY you enjoyed it…
5.From your last response, would you like to continue making that same impact?
If YES, then think of some additional ways to continue making an impact with that community.
-For example: If you have already served food at a homeless shelter, what else could you do on a bigger scale to make a difference? Start your own clothing drive for the shelter, knit blankets for the people, raise money/ gather toys for the kids, etc..)If NO, look at the examples on the Community Project slideshow starting at slide 15 to help you...
Thanks to Donors choose and Mrs. Newburger's eternal optimism and tireless grant writing, Piedmont's media center won a BB8 droid complete with iPad in a cool protective case for operating on the go.
Come by the Makerspace and check it out. BB8 already has a fan club, I think!
Check out these photos and videos from the first two days of his life at our school.
There's still plenty to discover. He can be coded, you can draw a path with your finger and have him patrol, he has been plenty talkative, and even has Augmented reality Star Wars action.
It's a wonderful time to be alive, kids! The future is here! No, seriously, do you think my middle school library in the 70s had droids for loan? No, I tell you, they most certainly did not!
- Love, Ms. Gurthie
Not the Skill You're looking for, there's plenty more to learn and do in the Makerspace!
Big Hero 6 and the Maker Movement
Owning your Genius and sharing it in School
This post is written for Mrs. Alexander Brown's students as they begin their Whirligig creations.
But the message is for student. It's not just how to make a video or build a whirligig or create a playlist, its a message about how to make school experience more meaningful by finding a way to put your genius into any task or topic.
The What: You are a genius and the world needs your contribution. Do you believe that? It is true. Everyone is gifted.
Not everyone is good at things that are traditionally rewarded by a grade. That's why only some people are labelled gifted as kids. But everyone has a gift. Everyone is amazing at something. What are you amazing at? Do your classmates know?
Not every assignment is easy to put your genius into. But this one is.
So practice now with this assignment. Don't throw something together at the last minute on the bus on the way into school. Don't make grand plans and then get overwhelmed and quit trying.
Take a risk.
Give yourself time to fail and restart.
failure is not the end but the beginning and if you don't try something new now it only gets harder later.
show us what you've got. If you aren't sure what you're a genius at, come see me. Because what I'm a genius at is noticing what other people are gifted in.
After reading Whirligig, show your knowledge of the book by using your special talents to:
create a mixtape or playlist (metaphors, for moments, describe why each song fits where, when for whom...)
create an short film or imovie trailer (images can be taken if you download them on a desktop and then upload them to google drive. Chromebook has a movie app.
build a whirligig in Minecraft or in real life (think about materials, thing about meaning...)
draw or paint...
other with significant advance notice- as approved my Mrs. Alexander-Brown
The why: you tell me...
how-to for teachers Introducing a Maker Project to Students
Welcome, students, to Piedmont's 1st official Coding Club!
This is your club. Choose from these coding resources below to get started, and let me know if you have another resource to add here.
Make Your own Video Games with Tynker - includes Flappy Bird, Frozen, and more!
Hour Of Code Games 2014
This is Ms. Gurthie's place for students at Piedmont and elsewhere to find resources to fuel their passions. Besides making fun lesson ideas for teachers, I wanted this space to provide PD for students too!